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st johns wort

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nailpolish Thu 10-Feb-05 10:24:34

i asked dh to get me some from boots (he ended up getting lots as it was 3 for 2) but when i read the leaflet it said you cant take it if you are on the pill!

does anyone know any more about this?

my pill leaflet mentioned it too.

i dont actually like my pill, am thinking of changing it anyway, are there any pills i can take with st johns wort?

secur Thu 10-Feb-05 10:31:27

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nailpolish Thu 10-Feb-05 10:45:39

actually, do you know what? i hate being on the pill causes no end of problems and i keep forgetting to take it anyway. (hence 2 dd's!!!)

thanks secur ill look into it

coil sounds like a good idea

secur Thu 10-Feb-05 10:50:17

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nailpolish Thu 10-Feb-05 11:43:04

could you give me some more info please (on the coil)?

i only know the basics

ta v much

nailpolish Thu 10-Feb-05 12:23:53


crystaltips Thu 10-Feb-05 12:26:14

I came off the pill - went straight onto St John's Wort ... and DH had the snip ....

Just for the record our sexlife took a turn for the better .... I put it down to coming off the pill .... I feel fab ...

Good Luck and have ( safe ) fun

nailpolish Thu 10-Feb-05 12:27:37

the pill is the reason to every single problem i have. i am sure of it.

and st johns wort is the answer, along with a better form of contraception

secur Thu 10-Feb-05 13:05:44

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secur Thu 10-Feb-05 13:07:12

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nailpolish Thu 10-Feb-05 13:14:53

i will go and see my gp secur, thanks.

one more thing - where are they fitted? in the gp's surgery? or is it a bit more complicated than that? who does it?

ta v much again

secur Thu 10-Feb-05 13:18:42

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connyflower Thu 10-Feb-05 13:34:23

what about the contraceptive patch... antibiotic dont affect it and dont think st johns wort does either dead easly to use and you only have to remem=ber to change it once a week i swear by it!

nailpolish Thu 10-Feb-05 14:20:15

i thougth about that but isnt it the same as the injection? with that i had a massive appetite and put on a stone and a half

i like the idea of a coil cos i dont have to think about it (for 5 yrs anyway)

nailpolish Thu 10-Feb-05 14:20:53

thanks for the link, btw

MummytoSteven Thu 10-Feb-05 17:44:01

i think the problem with the combined pill and other types of medication (dunno about mini-pill) is that the SJW makes the liver process meds a bit quicker than usual - ie. go out of your body sooner, and be a bit less effective. which you obviously don't want with the pill. IIRC it also has the same type of interaction with AZT, amongst other medications.

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